The City and Borough of Juneau’s recent study of whether to reopen the AJ Mine put a spotlight on the city’s drinking water supply. The old mine’s ore body sits adjacent to, atop and below the city’s main water source, Last Chance Basin. Opponents of rekindling the mine say it would put Juneau’s drinking water in jeopardy.
As Casey Kelly reports, one former city official and one who’s retiring soon think the city should explore alternative water supplies regardless of whether the AJ moves forward.
- President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Interior Department sat for a confirmation hearing today, chaired by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. She used the opportunity to condemn the Obama administration for its many resource protections in Alaska.
- Jason Coday was ordered to serve a combined sentence of 101 years in prison for the murder of 26-year-old Simone Kim in August 2006.
- The 32nd annual Legislative Welcome Reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The event is free and The Prospector Hotel will provide food.
- Dozens of canines howl in John Hanson Jr.’s dog yard, excited by the sound of a snow machine pulling up to the kennel.